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Oct. 15, 2004

UW-RF Students Host Campus Safety Awareness Week
By Christine Duellman
UW-RF New Bureau

During the week of Oct. 18, student leaders at UW- River Falls will organize events and activities that promote safety on college campuses.

Gov. Jim Doyle formally proclaimed Campus Safety Awareness Week for the first time in 1994. Since then, the United Council of UW Students has advised leaders on ideas and events for the week and is sponsoring this initiative.

"It is important for both new and returning students to become aware of all aspects of campus safety issues," said Rachel Pilliod, United Council Women’s Issues Director. "With the excitement of the beginning of school, often students are not aware or thinking of the dangers on campus, whether it is theft, date rape, assault or student privacy."

River Falls Student Health Services and student organizations will host an educational campus safety fair on Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2p.m. in the Falcons Nest of the Hagestad Student Center.Services such as Safe Walk, an escort service, will be highlighted.

The UW-RF Student Senate, Office of Public Safety, and Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity are sponsoring a Campus Walk for Safety at 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 19. Students and community members will tour UW-RF and survey campus safety in regards to sidewalk conditions, campus accessibility, lighting, blue light call boxes, crosswalks and bush/tree density.

A self-defense demonstration is 6 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the International Room of the Hagestad Student Center. The owner of the River Falls Tae Kwon Do School, Gabriel Richmond, will provide his knowledge on basic safety.

For more information on scheduled events or to get involved with Campus Safety Awareness Week, contact Kendra Plant at 715/425-3153.


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